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Strike Called Off As Union And McKenzie-Willamette Reach Tentative Deal

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McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Service Employees International Union Local 49 have reached a tentative labor pact and the union has called off a strike it had set for later this month.

Insurers Scramble In Newly Competitive Oregon Medicaid Markets

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Medicaid insurers and their members in two of Oregon’s biggest markets – the Portland area and Lane County - are being dunked into a new world of competition and choice.

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Poised To Strike

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Labor contract negotiations between Springfield’s McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and workers represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 49 have turned ugly, with workers calling a three-day strike to run Sept. 10-12.

Approval For CareOregon, Providence Deal Could Take Months

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After announcing earlier this month that it wants to become part of giant Providence Health & Services, Portland-based nonprofit health insurer CareOregon now must persuade regulatory authorities to approve the deal.

CareOregon Is Becoming Part Of Providence

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CareOregon, the largest insurer of Medicaid patients in the state, is becoming part of the multistate, multi-billion-dollar Providence Health & Services system, under a proposal the two nonprofits announced Tuesday morning.

PrimaryHealth, Which Didn't Get A Contract, Leads CCOs For Bonuses

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Using cash incentives, the state is nudging coordinated care organizations into doing a better job on key health measures such as getting sealants on children's teeth and reducing the use of hospital emergency rooms for mental health crises.

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